Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Testimony suggests different attackers in two Benghazi assaults

Washington

Attackers in Benghazi likely were different

Newly revealed testimony from top military commanders involved in the U.S. response to the Benghazi, Libya, attacks suggests the perpetrators of a second, dawn attack on a CIA complex probably were different from those at the U.S. diplomatic mission the night before. Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the 2012 attacks. Two House committees, Armed Services and Oversight and Government Reform, interviewed nine military officers for hours this year and Wednesday posted some 1,100 pages of testimony. Retired Gen. Carter Ham said in closed-door testimony the second attack, which killed two security contractors, showed clear military training.

Washington

Boehner rejects call to impeach

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin are going different ways on the increasingly prominent suggestion among some Republicans that President Barack Obama should be impeached. Palin joined the growing GOP chorus, writing Tuesday in an op-ed that the influx of young illegal immigrants over the southern border "is the last straw" and it's time to impeach. Boehner's response Wednesday: "I disagree." When a reporter pointed out some House Republicans are also calling to impeach, he repeated: "I disagree."

Spring, Texas

Six killed at home in Houston area

Six people are dead, including four children, after someone opened fire at a home in a normally quiet neighborhood in a northern Houston suburb, officials said late Wednesday. No information was immediately available on identities or how the victims were related. Deputies said a woman who was wounded identified the gunman and directed officers to him. Deputies cornered the suspect in a nearby cul-de-sac. The standoff was ongoing late Wednesday.

Austin, Texas

University of Texas president to resign

After years of clashes with Gov. Rick Perry and the group that oversees the University of Texas System, the president of its flagship campus struck a resignation deal Wednesday that keeps him on the job until June 2015. Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa had urged president Bill Powers to quit effective in October or risk being fired. Powers offered to leave in June, and Cigarroa accepted after Powers' allies on campus and in the state Capitol rallied behind him. Powers wanted to stay to finish a $3 billion fundraising campaign, aid the startup of the new medical school and help guide the university through state budget negotiations. He has led the 50,000-student Austin campus since 2006.

Kabul, Afghanistan

Civilian casualties surge this year

Driven by increased ground combat between insurgents and government forces, civilian casualties in Afghanistan surged 24 percent through the first half of the year, reaching their highest levels since 2009, according to the United Nations. The report said the death toll was especially high for women and children. The findings were released as a Taliban attack unfolded Wednesday in Kandahar, the main city in the south. At least nine people were killed in the assault, including four civilians, officials said.

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